Kia Registers Substantial Increase in Global January Sales

The South Korean carmaker seems to be doing quite well, as the company has managed to build on last year’s positive performance in the global market and posted another sales increase, this time for the first month of this year.

Kia Motors Corporation announced today its global sales figures for January 2011, recording a total of 179,409 units sold. This figure includes everything from passenger cars (export sales, domestic sales and sales from overseas plants), to recreational vehicles (RVs) and commercial vehicles. This figure is 19.3 percent higher than the result it managed to achieve in the same month of last year.

The Japanese automaker managed to beat last year’s January result in every regional market of the world. Thus, a 25.7 percent increase in sales was noted in North America (30,838 units sold), while in its domestic Korean market 40,502 vehicles were sold, 19.1 percent more than last year. Demand from China grew by 13.6 percent to 40,776 units, while the Old Continent only received 6.8 percent more Kias, 26,919 units to be precise.

In overseas markets, Kia’s best selling model was once again the C-segment Cerato (known as ‘Forte’ in some markets) with 39,668 units sold. The compact Sportage crossover and B-segment Rio follow with 23,185 and 17,348 units sold, respectively. The Sorento with 13,774 sales and the 10,891 Souls delivered last month round off the top five.

“With some encouraging signs of recovery coming out of many major markets around the world and the impending launch of the next generation A-segment Picanto and B-segment Rio later this year, we at Kia are confident we will achieve our 2011 global retail sales target of 2,345,000 units which represents a 12% increase compared to 2010,”
stated Senior Executive Vice President & COO of Kia Motors Corporation, Thomas Oh.
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